Colour Me Happy Crochet

Another wonderful week of crochet has gone by, and the destash has continued most successfully! I’ve completed another few colourful kitchen cloths in cotton:

And over three metres of rainbow bunting in fun acrylic:


I love working with a big variety of colours, especially brights! Colourful projects are always especially feel-good for me. Are you the same, or are you drawn more to neutrals?

My Stylecraft Special DK stashbusting project continues apace and I’m getting a lot of joy out of it – doubtless I’ll be distracted by another project or two along the way to completion but the past few days I’ve been happy just making more Blooming Grannies (pattern by Margaret Hubert in The Granny Square Book). It’s a join-as-you-go blanket, my first and I’m sure it’ll not be my last. Love this join method – how about you?

Until next time, happy hooking!

Pam

Twisted Granny

I started out making a giant granny blanket for my six year old daughter at the start of the school holidays. I wasn’t hooking intentionally in the beginning, just busting some stash and enjoying the colour changes very much. Experimenting with white was fun too, as it’s not a colour I often work with. I only began thinking in terms of a blanket as it grew, and although I was a little daunted by the time and money involved, I started to aim for a double bed throw. 

Unfortunately, it started to twist really badly, because I hadn’t known to flip it. Flipping is working RS/WS alternately to avoid the twist – thank you Google and Fluffy Pink Unicorn!

I attempted to knock the twist out of it by blocking it on my yoga mat  with quilting pins and water spray. After some time I managed to work it square.

I left it for 24 hours and with high hopes, started flipping. Two rows in the twist was back. Gutted! You really need to flip from the start, not least because it creates a slight ridge, which is not at all unattractive but was not then consistent with previous rows. What to do?! 

Fortunately I remembered seeing a picture of a wrap-around granny square cushion cover on Instagram, and managed to track it down. I was directed to a brief tutorial by The Patchwork Heart, and my blanket changed direction πŸ™‚

It’s so colourful, it just makes me smile – and my daughter is delighted with it 😊 I think I even prefer the back to the front.

A happy solution to a project gone wrong!

WIP Wednesday

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Unsurprisingly it turns out that school holidays are not conducive to a daily blogging challenge, a fact I had not considered when I started the A to Z Challenge! WIP Wednesday is here already, so I’m going to combine the two and cheat a little with the A to Z by condensing. Without further ado:

F is for…Fledgling crochet designer. Gawd, it took guts to write that! It’s what I really want to do – design and share my own crochet patterns. Thus far, only a mini jar cover and several relatively simple blankets have come out of my very own head, but I have a ton of ideas percolating. All I want to to is create with my hook. And so, I shall!

G is for…Goals. I’m goingΒ to blog and crochet intensively for the next twelve months without guilt, fear or shame. This means writing a weekly post (at least), and crocheting every day with intention. It also means immersing myself in all things crochet, including Ravelry, Instagram, and other crochet blogs. Giving myself daily permission to do the things that bring me joy is a huge deal for me, and fixingΒ an end point makesΒ it easier for me to allow myself this focus. At the end of the twelve months, I’ll see where I’m at.

H is for…Honing my craft. I’m constantly challenging myself to learn new crochet skills. Some days a simple, traditional granny square meets all my needs and limitations with regard to, well, real life not including crochet! (How dare it intrude, right?!) But I’m always learning new things too – I cannot bring my designs to life if I don’t have the skill set I need to turn my sketches into reality.

I is for…Instagram. I’ve been on Instagram for about two years, irregularly posting pictures of my crochet mostly, and sometimes my garden or something running related. It’s only in the last month or so, however, that I’ve really got into it as a tool for sharing my crochet and meeting other people in the crochet world. In all honesty it took me a while to figure out how to make it work for me. And I LOVE it!! I am so wildly inspired every day by the amazing crochet art out there.

J is for…Joy. Creating, in the form of crochet, brings me joy, pure and simple. I derive so much pleasure from the process, as much as the end result. Simple stitches and patterns soothe me; complexity challenges and satisfies me. I just love to hook!

Which brings me neatly round to the WIP of the Wednesday! It’s school holidays as I mentioned, and that means something simple that I can just pick up as and when, no complex pattern, no thought required, just rounds of happy yarn to give me my crochet fix as I move through the holiday crazy. A blanket for my six year old’s bed, pictured above. Not my usual colours, I don’t tend to go for much white, but I was stash-busting when I started and as it grew, I realised what it should be. Of course I then had to buy more white yarn – Β oops massive stash-busting fail! But of course, I can live with that πŸ™‚